Marthe

Ahh life. It gets busy doesn’t it? Just as I was slowly getting my sewing mojo (sewjo?) back after the holidays everything else kind of took over. School and getting a driving license (at the prime age of 30 – I figured it was time) meant less energy for sewing. I am loving driving by the way. I’m not particularly good at it, and yesterday I did this obligatory first aid course that was basically all about teaching you that driving KILLS, but I still love how it makes me feel like an adult.  Almost.

But back to sewing! I’ve done quite a lot of pretty damn adorable sewing for a few of my friends babies, which I will blog about shortly. But for now let’s talk Marthe.

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Zip up collar Linden hack

And my intense love affair with the Linden sweatshirt continues. I have lost count of how many I’ve made by now, but it’s enough to give my collection a dedicated 1/2  shelf in my wardrobe. Yeah it’s not a big wardrobe….

My latest Linden has been a bit of an experiment and involved some substantial pattern changes and some head scratching. Fleece-Linden-Sweatshirt-1 Continue reading

Achievements

After reading everyone’s brilliant new year blog posts reflecting over achievements over the past year as well as planning upcoming ones, I started looking over my own sewing in 2015. I had no intention of writing a blog post about it (as I did last year), but a few things prompted me to do so anyway…Beach

Shopping ban

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Old mans Tap Shorts (and the Watson bikini in its true element)

What a holiday. Costa Rica is without a doubt the greenest and lushest country I have ever been to. We managed to squeeze in a lot of different destinations and activities in our two weeks, so if you want tips, shoot me an email. Couldn’t recommend it more! We’re still suffering (the word suffering to be taken lightly in this context) from jet lag and an aircon induced cold, so I haven’t really ‘landed’ yet but thought my long suffering blog needed some attention.

While on the most gorgeous beach in Puerto Viejo Dan took some photo’s of me wearing my tropical Watson bikini (in an appropriate setting so to speak) which I’ll share below. But the main star of this show is one of the last makes I made before heading off – a pair of old man’s Tap shorts. Also photographed on said beach.

(Please note that these photo’s are taken after a long walk through 80% humidity and with absolutely no styling whatsoever. Sweat, bad hair and slightly odd facial expressions is what you are getting.)

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A tropical Watson swimsuit

This time in two weeks I’ll be on the beach in Costa Rica. Yep, just rubbing it in. It feels quite far away right now though, pre-Christmas and knee-deep in work. To keep my eyes on the prize, I’ve been sewing up a load of summer wear to bring on holiday (e.g. this Inari dress). This Watson swimsuit has been on my to do list ever since I got the fabric from Funki Fabrics back in April and finally I got to make it.

It’s actually the second Watson swim suit that I make, but by far the most delicious one.We-the-sewing-Watson-tropical-swimsuit-1 Continue reading

Inari dress

Traumatic make this one. Not making a muslin, coupled with me gaining a few cm on my hips and not realising (all thanks to a renewed faith in exercise) meant that when I first sewed this beauty up, it was pretty tight. The fabric being this gorgeous Nani Iro that I’d saved for ages to make something special with, made me have a bit of a meltdown. But thankfully the fabric has some give, and after reducing the seam allowance around the hips to about 1/4″, it worked out. Phew.
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Sydney jacket

But first, a few inspiring things that have happened in cyber space in the last 24 hours or so.

  1. Did you read about Essena ONeill? The Aussie “lifestyle” blogger who had enough of the glorified life she promoted on social media, closed it all down and started a website, where she instead promotes things that she feels passionate about. She’s got some really good things to share – incl. the documentary ‘Fashion victims‘, and my favourite TED talk of all times, Amanda Palmers ‘The art of asking’.  Go girl, is all I’ve got to say.
  2. The Guardian published this interview with Amber Rose. A much needed article, if nothing else than for the sometimes frankly bitchy voice inside my own head.

Moving on to something considerably less ground breaking – my Tessuti Sydney jacket. Guys, it’s so warm and snug I might just never take it off. Oh and in the interest of full disclosure – I did put on make-up to take photo’s for this post. I did not look like this an hour ago. Also, I should really be sweating it out in the library right now, not blogging. But who’s perfect…We the sewing Sydney jacket 5 Continue reading

A bit of a gamble

Hola sewers. A while back I bought this jacket/cardigan pattern from Lekala Sewing Patterns. They sell a wide range of patterns, which on first glance look pretty boring. Or, for someone used to the awesome styling of indie pattern companies, they do at least!  Their big selling point is that they have a nifty system whereby you create a profile, and upload your measurements, and a bunch of further ‘adjustments’, e.g. if your shoulder width is below or above average, arm length etc. So, when you buy a pattern, they send you a custom made one, based on your profile and god knows what kind of complicated algorithm.

It sounded a bit too good to be true, but as their patterns cost a pittance, I went for it.  I’ve been in dire need of a cardigan for a while, so I finally decided to sew it up. And people, IT FITS SO WELL. We the sewing lekala cardigan 1 Continue reading

Bantam love

I’ve found my favourite tank top – The Bantam Vest by Merchant & Mills. Oh yes. For a tall, wide-shouldered woman like myself, this top is pure gold. It’s got a racer back (never mind the fact that when I showed it to Dan, he said I looked like I was heading down to the gym to lift some weights), a very generous wide fit and length, all of which I like.

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Lark Tee

Did I mention how much I love my serger? Yes, I did, but here I go again. As much as I love sewing with crisp woven cottons, there’s nothing like wearing soft figure hugging knits. And when blessed with a serger, the sewing process is so much more fun, and fast.

Having loved all of Grainline’s patterns that I’ve tried so far, I was very keen to whip up a Lark tee when it came out. I bought some amazing organic rib knit from Organic Cotton Plus, and went to work.

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